We generally do stress tests to determine if the blood flow to the heart is adequate, to clear patients for an exercise program, to evaluate concerning symptoms. We also do them to evaluate certain cardiac rhythm disturbances---either fast or slow rhythms. They also can give prognostic information about how long a patient will live based on the amount of time he exercises. They really shouldn't be used for screening purposes, however, as this is costly and of low yield.
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i had a MI 4/2011. I recently had a treadmill stress test because I have been experiencing chest pain at rest. My chest pain at rest is unlike what I experienced during my event last year. My stress test was normal, although it showed scar tissue from the MI. At 44 years old, this is unsettling to me. I run, I am height/weight appropriate, my lipid panel is normal................they really don t know what caused the MI-they think a clot traveled through my PFO to my posterior descending artery. My hematology workup was negative for any coagulopathy. Do you have anything to add?
I am 69 yrs. old and have been on atenolol .25 mg once a day for mitral valve prolapse. I have heard if you don t take it, you shouldn t stress your heart doing physical activity. They want me to not take it before a tread mill stress test. Is that wise?
I had a stent put in my heart during a angioplasty due to a torn artery during the procedure and did not have a blockage. This was in August 2011. I have had some twinges in my chest recently, today actually. Do I need to worry about it? I don t want to jump the gun because I have had some left arm pain and went to my heart dr. And he did a treadmill stress test and I passed and the EKG was ok, but today twinges in my chest? Thank you!